Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Accounting


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Accounting

Format: Online

Program Description:

Develop Your Understanding of Business Law, Information Systems and Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting degree is a comprehensive, accelerated learning opportunity for students who hold a BS in Accounting. You will develop advanced skills in financial reporting while building your foundational knowledge of specialized accounting topics. The master’s in accounting is offered by the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University (GCU).

GCU is a private, Christian university that embraces the positive values of servant leadership and ethical problem-solving. Explore ethical best practices and issues pertaining to legal compliance while preparing to take the Uniform CPA Examination. Extend your knowledge of business law, information systems and public accounting practice. It’s recommended that candidates sit for the Uniform CPA Exam during the program, as the capstone courses are dedicated to preparing you for the test.

GCU Offers Evening or Online MSA Program Options

Why You Should Earn Your Master of Science in Accounting

There are many reasons to consider earning your MSA degree, from preparing you to pass the CPA exam to broadening your career possibilities. A master’s degree in accounting is the next step in your journey of moving up in the financial field.

Develop Advanced Accounting Skills Through Relevant Coursework

The Master of Science in Accounting is a modern degree that includes course topics such as:

    Data analytics
    Financial research
    Managerial and cost accounting

Prepare for the Uniform CPA Exam

Study Analytical and Ethical Concepts in Accounting

Career Possibilities for MSA Degree Graduates

After completing a master’s in accounting online degree or evening program, advanced management positions in corporate or public accounting may be within your reach. Job applicants with an MSA degree set themselves apart from other candidates.

Some of the careers that can be related to this degree may include the following:

    Accountant and auditor
    Appraiser of personal and business property
    Budget and credit analyst
    Financial risk specialist
    Tax preparer

Some accounting career paths require candidates to pass the Uniform CPA Exam.

1 Retrieved from Masters in Accounting, Accounting Schools in Arizona, in October 2022.

2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Accountants and Auditors as of May 2020.Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Accountants and Auditors. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree to apply.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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